ALA Annual 2012

Notable Children’s Books Nominees – Summer 2012 #ala12

Seal used for all books selected by the ALSC Notable Children's Books committeeThe ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

If you’re like me, you have been eagerly anticipating the  list of titles to be discussed at the Annual Conference. Here it is!


Applegate, Katherine.  The One and Only Ivan. Illus. by Patricia Castelao. HarperCollins Children’s Books

Bell, Juliet.   Kepler’s Dream.   G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Clifton, Lutricia. Freaky Fast Frankie Joe.   Holiday House

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Mighty Miss Malone.  Wendy Lamb Books

DiCamillo, Kate and Alison McGhee.  Bink and Gollie: Two For One.  Illus. by Tony Fucile.  Candlewick Press

Fitzmaurice, Kathryn.  A Diamond in the Desert.   Viking Children’s Books

Horvath, Polly.  Mr. and Mrs. Bunny– detectives extraordinaire! Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Schwartz & Wade Books

Ibbotson, Eva.  One Dog and his Boy.  Scholastic Press

Levine, Kristin.  The Lions of Little Rock.   G. P. Putnam’s Sons

MacLachlan, Patricia.  Kindred Souls.  Katherine Tegen Books

Nelson, Vaunda  Micheaux.   No Crystal Stair: a documentary novel of the life of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.  Carolrhoda Lab

Palacio, R.J.  Wonder.   Alfred A. Knopf

Rose, Caroline Starr.  May B.   Schwartz & Wade Books                                    

Turnage, Sheila.   Three Times Lucky.  Dial Books for Young Readers

Wright, Barbara.  Crow.  Random House


Barnett, Mac.  Extra Yarn.  Illus. by Jon Klassen.  Balzer & Bray

Bingham, Kelly.  Z is for Moose.  Greenwillow

Buzzeo, Toni.  One Cool Friend.   Illus. by David Small. Dial Books for Young Readers

Davies, Nicola.  Just Ducks.  Illus. by Salvatore  Rubbino.  Candlewick Press

Evans, Shane W.  We MarchRoaring Brook Press

Fogliano, Julie.  And Then It’s Spring.  Illus. by Erin E.  Stead. Roaring Brook Press

Graham, Bob.  A Bus Called Heaven.  Candlewick Press

Haughton, Chris .  Oh, No George!  Candlewick Press

Khan, Hena.  Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim book of colors.  Illus. by Mehrdokht Amini.  Chronicle Books

Rogers, Gregory.  The Hero of Little Street.  Roaring Brook Press

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Green.   Roaring Brook Press

Stoeke, Janet Morgan.  Pip’s Trip.  Dial Books for Young Readers

Sutton, Sally.  Demolition.   Illus. by Brian  Lovelock.  Candlewick Press

Willems, Mo.  Duckling gets a cookie!?  Hyperion Books for Children


Judge, Lita.  Bird Talk: what birds are saying and why.  RB Flash Point

Lang, Heather.  Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman: Olympic high-jump champion. Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Boyds Mills Press

Muntean, Michaela.   Stay: the true story of ten dogs.  Illus. by K.C. Bailey and Stephen Kazmierski Scholastic Press

Potter, Alicia.  Mrs. Harkness and the Panda. Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Alfred A. Knopf

Rosenstock, Barb.  The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and our National Parks.  Illus. by Mordicai Gerstein. Dial Books for Young Readers

Winter, Jonah.  Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Arthur A. Levine Books


Coombs, Kate.  Water Sings Blue: ocean poems.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Chronicle Books

Davies, Nicola.  Outside Your Window: A first book of nature.  Illus. by Mark Hearld. Candlewick Press

Elliott, David.  In The Sea.  Illus. by Holly Meade.  Candlewick Press

Frost, Helen.  Step Gently Out.  Candlewick Press

Grady, Cynthia.  I Lay My Stitches Down: poems of American slavery.  Illus. by Michele Wood. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Hoberman, Mary Ann, selector.  Forget-Me-Nots: poems to learn by heart.  Illus. by Michael Emberley.  Megan Tingley Books

Shange, Ntozake.  Freedom’s a-calling me.  Illus. by Rod Brown. Amistad

Singer, Marilyn.  A Stick is an Excellent Thing: poems celebrating outdoor play. Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  Clarion Books


Blumenthal, Karen.  Steve Jobs: the man who thought differentFeiwel and Friends

Close, Chuck.  Chuck Close: Face BookAbrams Books for Young Readers

Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer.  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  Dial Books for Young Readers

McKissack, Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr. Best Shot in the West: the adventures of Nat Love.  Illus. by Randy DuBurke.  Chronicle Books

Montgomery, Sy.  Temple Grandin: how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world.  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children


Burns, Loree Griffin.  Citizen Scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard.  Henry Holt

Hopkinson, Deborah.  Titanic: voices from the disaster.  Scholastic Press

Jenkins, Steve. The Beetle Book.  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Levinson, Cynthia.  We’ve got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.  Peachtree Publishers

Swain, Gwenyth.  Hope and Tears: Ellis Island voices.  Calkins Creek

Wadsworth, Ginger.  First Girl Scout: the life of Juliette Gordon Low.  Clarion Books

The Notables Children’s Books committee will be meeting Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.  The meeting room is in the Hilton, El Capitan Room. The books will be discussed in the order they are on the list.

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